Monday, October 5, 2009

In praise of purple

I love purple in all its guises and uses.

From pillows

to plates

to purple flowers;
I embrace all with open arms.

I am in good company. Purple was the favourite colour of Cleopatra. Purple is supposed to be the colour of good judgment. I like to think this applies to me.

It is a good colour to use in meditation and having it around you is supposed to give you peace of mind. It is one of the colours I chose for my summer house.

A purple room can boost a person's creativity, but be careful because too much purple can cause moodiness. Lighter purples are more romantic and delicate while deeper purples suggest riches.

Then there is is connection to magic, mystery and royalty.

Did you know that Thursday's colour is purple?

I've used purple in my artwork from the beginning.

One of my first art sales. In 2003 I was working in oil pastel.

An early work (2002) created in a pastel class.

Expoloring colographs

The oil pastel painting in my ensuite bathroom.

Two monotypes created using fresh leaves and plants.

A wedding gift for my friend Thelma in 2002.

Guess who else likes purple?

Sasha, a budding artist and aspiring princess at 3!

Some people are really into purple. Check out Purple Worm blog. Are there any other purple lovers out there in blogland?


Leslie Avon Miller said...

The first time I got to pick out the color of my room I had purple up the slanted walls, across the tiny roof and purple and white striped wall paper at the end walls. I loved it. Now I use plum in my bedroom. Purple can be a "neutral", and I like it that way - soft and earthy.

ArtPropelled said...

Yes purple is a gorgeous colour. I like wearing it too. It was very fashionable in South Africa this Winter past.
Your purple post is rich and welcoming.

layers said...

Your references to purple are interesting-- did not know a lot about purple-- I can't wear purple, and it is not anywhere in my house or paintings BUT I do love lavender- the color, the smell, the flower.

Margaret Ryall said...

I didn't mention all the purple clothes I own in my post. It was getting "too Purple". Lucky for me purple looks great with white/gray hair.

Poetic Artist said...

I love all the purple..Soft and cozy. Also I like all the info you included.

Miki Willa said...

I, too, love purple. I have many purple clothes, and I use purple in many of my paintings. In my landscapes, I use purple to block in areas of tree foliage and other green masses. When I then work with the greens, the plants seem to spring to life. I also love purple in combination with orange. Great zing.